NHL action on Saturday afternoon and the Pacific Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Arizona Coyotes rumble with the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Coyotes enter this game off a 4-3 OT win over the Rangers, while the Hurricanes are off a 6-5 shootout loss to the Capitals here at home.
Coyotes Rally To Stun The Rangers
The Arizona Coyotes have not had a great year overall, but so far, their start has been much better than last year. The Coyotes come in with 14 wins on the year so far, and last season it took them until February 12th to notch their 14th win of the year. The Coyotes had a four-game losing streak going, but they were able to break that with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Rangers in OT. The Coyotes trailed the game 3-1 in the 3rd, but Josh Archibald (3rd) scored at the 12:11 mark to pull them to within one and then Oliver Ekman-Larsson (3rd) scored the tying goal with 3:01 left in regulation. Derek Stepan (7th) was the hero as he scored with 32 seconds left in OT to win it. Jordan Oesterle (2nd) also scored in the win.
What was better: the goal or the team celly?
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) December 15, 2018
Grabbing the win against the Rangers was Adin Hill, who stopped 27 of the 30 shots that he faced to improve to 5-2 with a 1.81 GAA and a .932 save percentage on the year, including 4-0 with a 1.17 GAA and a .956 save percentage on the road. He has never faced the Hurricanes. We may see Darcy Kuemper in this one, and he has gone 4-9 with a 2.89 GAA and a .909 save percentage on the year, including 2-6 with a 3.28 GAA and a .897 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 0-1 with a 5.57 GAA against the Hurricanes. The Coyotes check in ranked 28th in scoring at 2.58 gpg and 5th in goals allowed at 2.77 gpg.
Canes Fall To Caps In Shootout
The Carolina Hurricanes are at 13-18 on the year as they continue to have a rough start to the year. They can’t buy a win at this point as they had a 4-1 lead on the Caps on Friday night, only to eventually lose the game in a shootout. It was their 6th loss in the last seven games, and the Canes are currently 10 points out of first in the Metro Division. The good news right now is that the offense has looked good in scoring nine goals in their last two games, after putting up a total of 10 goals over their previous seven games. Jordan Martinook (8th), Sebastian Aho (10th & 11th), Teuvo Teravainen (6th) and Justin Williams (7th) all scored in the loss.
The power play was productive 📊 pic.twitter.com/Ki22ztzUpV
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) December 15, 2018
Taking the loss to the Caps was Scott Darling, who allowed five goals on 29 shot attempts to fall to 2-6 with a 3.34 GAA on the year. Curtis McElhinney will get the nod in this one, and he has gone 7-4 with a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage on the year, including 4-2 with a 2.01 GAA and a .932 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 3-0 with a 2.44 GAA against the Coyotes. The Hurricanes enter this contest ranked 29th in scoring at 2.58 gpg and 14th in goals allowed at 2.94 gpg.
- 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game
- 10-4 in their last 14 vs. a team with a losing record
- 28-58 in their last 86 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- 20-44 in their last 64 vs. the Metropolitan
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I like the Hurricanes in this one. they have struggled of late, but Arizona has well and the Coyotes have gone 35-81 in their last 116 road games. The Hurricanes have Curtis McElhinney in the crease for this one and he has been solid for the Canes, especially here at home where he is 4-2 with a 2.01 GAA, plus he is 3-0 with a 2.44 GAA against the Coyotes in his career. Take the Canes in this one.
Prediction: Carolina -175
Full-Game Total Pick
I will look for this game to go Under the total. These are two of the worst offenses in the league and that should make for a low scoring game. McElhinney has a 2.01 GAA at home, while Adin Hill has a solid 1.17 GAA on the road. The Under is 16-5-1 in Carolina’s last 22 Sunday games and 47-22-4 in Carolina’s last 73 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game
Prediction: Under 6